Tomato leaf, we presume
Tomato leaf, we presume

The Dodgy Perth offices have been uncomfortable this week. The boss has given up smoking as of Monday morning and he is behaving like a bear with a migraine. So, just for him an advertisement from 1867 in a Perth newspaper.

Do you suffer from asthma? Or perhaps you have another complaint of the ‘respiratory organs’ (we think they’re called lungs normally).

The solution, as it turns out, is to smoke a pre-prepared Indian cigarette impregnated with essential oil of Cannabis indica. Seriously. That’s how you treated asthma in 1867.

Perth Gazette, 21 June 1867
Perth Gazette, 21 June 1867

Naturally, you could only smoke your joint—sorry, ‘medical preparation’—strictly following the instructions given to you by your pharmacist. Yeah, right.

Perhaps one of these remedies might make the boss feel better. It might do the rest of us a lot of good, anyway.